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Baird to run for House seat

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Greencastle resident Jim Baird has announced his candidacy for the Indiana Legislature.

Baird is seeking the seat in House District 44, which is currently held by Nancy Michael.

"We have to get focused on job creation and seek ways to reduce spending at all levels of government," Baird said.

Baird, a Republican, is a decorated Army veteran. He is a farmer and the longtime owner of a local business. He currently serves as a Putnam County Commissioner, a seat he won in the 2006 election.

Baird said he had a variety of reasons for running for the House seat. Among the most compelling for him, he said, were the drastic growth of government spending and the lack of real job creation locally.

"We have talked to many people all over west central Indiana, and noy many folks think we are headed in the right direction," he said. "We have some real challenges right now, and we have to get focused on those issues which provide the quickest return and the greatest long term benefit of the most people, which would seem to me to be job creation and reduced spending at all levels of government if we are going to get back on the right track."

Baird also spoke about local families and business.

"There are many families working hard just to make ends meet, and local businesses are delaying investments until they become more confident of the future," he said. "I feel like government should share the burden of economic downturns the same as individuals and businesses."

Baird is a Purdue University graduate and has a Ph.D in animal science from the University of Kentucky. He owns an in-home healthcare business in Greencastle along with his family.

House District 44 includes all of Putnam County and parts of Clay, Parke and Vigo counties.

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Great! I am glad to hear you are ready to jump into the fire. we need people with business experience and the guts to hold to thier convictions. Please let me know if I can help.


-- Posted by emilrey on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 8:41 AM

If Jim is elected, his vote against that idiot speaker of the house will be worth it. That is the big problem with Nancy Michael. She votes with the Democrats too much.

-- Posted by not gullible on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 9:53 AM

Nancy isn't the only one that follows the party line blindly. The legislature is full of representatives that are not representative. We need strong leaders like Jim to lead us out of this mess.

-- Posted by emilrey on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 10:04 AM

The Republican party needs to be disbanded and not allowed to ever form again. Same for the Democratic party. They have BOTH failed the American People.

-- Posted by Harmony Church on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 12:01 PM

The Republican party is in power at the State level, if one party has to many seats it can only mean that the people loses, just look at the National level, I agree with Harmony Church they have both failed us.

he said his reason for running, were the drastic growth of government spending and the lack of real job creation locally.

The Republican party controls this, the spending and growth has declined, is he just saying thing to be talking! Mitch's state of the state adress disagree's with almost every word of what he's running on, which one does not know what's going on. He may be a good person but I want to hear what he really believes not good talking points. What has he done while in county government to help with the things he feels so strongly about.

-- Posted by dirtboy7419 on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 2:14 PM

If you can't tell the difference between the Democrat and the Republican parties, you really aren't paying attention.

Simply put, the Democrats want more government.

Remember Nancy and the council's spec building out on the east side for no one? Still empty, after all these years AND we are still paying for it.

-- Posted by davgreencastle on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 3:16 PM

I am so glad to see someone run for that office

that will study and find out what is

happening at Indy. We need him to help slow

this spending and see what is spent is going

to something important.

The federal government has gone crazy, so the

states are going to have to do a better job

of governing.

-- Posted by Voter on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 4:42 PM

Ho Hum, lets find an independent to run against both of them !!

-- Posted by Blue6 on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 7:07 PM

I certainly hope Mr. Baird can do a better job at the state level than he has done at the county level. Can he answer why the residents of Putnam County must foot the bill for the excessive bonding of the county treasurer? Most of the time, this bond is $1500, but in this case it was almost $20,000. Did Mr. Baird, as a Republican and as a member of the county council, know that Ms. Owens had filed bankruptcy (which is exactly what we need, a treasurer that is not good with money). If so, why didn't he say something, thus, saving the taxpayers nearly $20,000. If he didn't know, my question would be, why not?

I think I will pass on Mr. Baird

-- Posted by sickand tired on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 8:18 PM

What seems to be forgotten is that these people in office did not draw straws to get there, they were elected! That means that enough people went to the polls and cast more votes for them over the other contender. Government is just about the only growth sector going right now. If the current office holders aren't representative of their constituents desires then by all means vote them out. Brad Ellsworth is another example. Has he lived up to his campaign promises?

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Sat, Jan 23, 2010, at 8:54 PM

Don't blame Mr. Baird for the lack of interest Putnam County voters have in preparing for an election. As residents and voters it is our responsibility to do our own research and make intelligent decisions when we vote. No, we don't need someone as our Treasurer who has filed bankruptcy, but had the voters done their own research before voting for the last name they saw before wallking into the booth, maybe she wouldn't have been elected. It's about time Putnam County starts taking accountability for themselves instead of pointing fingers and blaming everyone else for their problems. Jim is a great guy and I wish him well in this election. He will have my vote!

-- Posted by farmers wife on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 12:30 AM

Government is SO large that we can't keep our streets repaired, can't keep our teachers, can't keep the lights on in our schools.... government agencies have to borrow money just to keep afloat. Seems like the banks are the only winners.

-- Posted by sneakers on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 8:08 PM

Farmers Wife,

I do blame Mr. Baird if he knew this to be the case. If he knew that the treasurer had filed bankruptcy and knew that it would cost the taxpayers more money, it makes him a hypocrite. "We have to get focused on job creation and seek ways to reduce spending at all levels of government," Baird said. Some people will say anything to get elected, doing it seems to be a little more difficult.

-- Posted by sickand tired on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 9:02 PM

...and as far as doing my research, I believe that I have just started.

-- Posted by sickand tired on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 9:04 PM

It will be interesting to see how many of you will be running in the election.

-- Posted by teach4ever on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 6:10 AM

Nancy Michael for State Rep!!!!

-- Posted by climberguy on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 2:08 PM

Nancy Michael all the way!

-- Posted by cds1305 on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 11:06 PM

sick and tired you must do some more research and when you do as I did. You will find out that they don't do credit checks on candidates. Once elected they have no other choice but to pay the bond. The county attorney was involved in this matter and handled it the way it should have been. I myself was very upset about this "problem" and still am however it is the way it is and it can't be changed at this point. I have asked why we don't have a better system in place and haven't gotten an answer to that yet.

-- Posted by parentof ghssenior on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 9:56 PM

Baird will have my vote

-- Posted by parentof ghssenior on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 10:02 PM

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